Wonder what we were up to last Monday when the office was closed for “Woman’s Day”? Go Tourism was celebrating our brave women in the beautiful winelands of course! The public holiday commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.
We started with a Cellar Tour at KWV Emporium which was founded by South African wine farmers in 1918 – the same year that Nelson Mandela was born.
Our specialised tour guide took us through the barrel maturation cellar, then to the world-renowned Cathedral Cellar, and the Five Biggest Vats in the World found under one roof.
The tour ended with an informal tasting of six products…(long gone are the days when wine tasting was accompanied by plain dry old biscuits!
- Wine & Chocolate Pairing (Made by Huguenot Chocolates in Franschhoek).
- Brandy & Chocolate Pairing
- Leaf tea & Chocolate Pairing (Specially crafted for designated drivers and visitors who do not drink alcohol)
- Brandy and spirit pairing: with rich and flavourful fudges
- Biltong (a local cured meat delicacy), Nut & Wine Pairing
- Sparkling Wine with four especially developed nougats and, surprise, surprise, Marshmallow! From here we drove on to Zevenwacht Wine Estate, on the Stellenbosch Wine Route. The tastefully decorated Zevenwacht Restaurant, located within a turn of the 19th Century Cape Dutch Manor House, portrays both finesse and charm. Lunch was contemporary continental cuisine prepared to perfection…..followed….dare I say it, by yet another chocolate & wine tasting! Magnificent views of the tranquil lake and park-like gardens were the perfect accompaniment to a memorable dining experience.
Go Tourism highly recommends a visit to KWV Emporium and Zewenwacht Wine Estate to witness first-hand South African hospitality.